ceremony

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From Middle English, from Latin caerimonia or caeremonia, later often cerimonia (sacredness, reverence, a sacred rite).

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈsɛrəmoʊnɪ/, /ˈserɪmənɪ/
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Noun[edit]

ceremony (plural ceremonies)

  1. A ritual with religious significance.
  2. An official gathering to celebrate, commemorate, or otherwise mark some event.
  3. A formal socially established behaviour, often in relation to people of different ranks.
  4. (obsolete) An omen or portent.
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